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Published October 16, 2012


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Finale is another musical notation software that I began using about half-way through high school. It’s cross-platform and contains many features that Noteworthy has, although I personally don’t use it for much except for when I need to print quality sheet music. When it comes to general audio work, I tend to start with Noteworthy. I would have liked to discuss a comparison with Finale’s popular competitor known as Sibelius, though unfortunately I have only used it very briefly. For me, Finale does exactly what I need it to, so I don’t have many qualms about it. I recommend searching some other websites if you are interested in the details as to what music notation software is truly best for your purposes.


  • Great for producing professional quality sheet music
  • Lets you export to many formats such as .mid, .wav, .mp3, and Music XML
  • Lots of freedom for arranging articulations, expressions, etc.
  • Allows the use of VST plug-ins for audio playback
  • Contains tons of advanced features


  • A bit expensive
  • Very strict musical notation rules
  • Can be a bit buggy at times


  1. Greg Henderson Greg Henderson

    I think noteworthy
    is a better program,
    don’t like the other one.

    • Greg McLeod Greg McLeod

      I’m glad to hear that! Most people tend to default to the more expensive software.

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